Hosted Trips


Hosted Trips


                                                       ZAPATA PENINSULA                      MARCH 9-16, 2019 (1 open spot)

NOVEMBER 2-9, 2019 (1 open spot)

                           COMBINATION CULTURAL/FISHING                       APRIL 13-20, 2019 (6 open spots)

  APRIL 21-28, 2019 (Full)

                                                 JARDINES DE LA REINA                      JUNE 1-8, 2019: (Full)


 The Zapata area of Cuba is prime habitat for Bonefish, Permit, and resident Tarpon as well as Snook, Snappers, Jacks and Barracuda

The Zapata area of Cuba is prime habitat for Bonefish, Permit, and resident Tarpon as well as Snook, Snappers, Jacks and Barracuda

Destination:  ZAPATA, aboard the yacht Georgiana


March 9-16, 2019

Group Host: Blake Merwin of Gig Harbor Fly Shop (1 Open Spot)

Capacity: 8 Anglers 

Price: $4595 per person double occupancy

November 2-9, 2019

Group Host: Jon Covich of FlyWater Travel (1 Open Spot)

Capacity: 8 Anglers

Price: $4275 per person double occupancy

Hosts for these trips are Blake Merwin of THE GIG HARBOR FLY SHOP in Gig Harbor, Wa., and Jon Covich of FLYWATER TRAVEL. Blake has extensive experience as an angler and guide, and has fished in many flats destinations around he world. This will be Blake’s 4th trip to Cuba. Jon has also traveled around the world as an angler and adventure photographer. This will be his 20th trip to Cuba, and is considered one of the foremost experts on both the fishing and the country. Both Blake and Jon are accommodating hosts, willing to solve any problems that might be encountered, and can advise guests in all aspects of the fishing. Better yet, they are both good guys to be around, and excellent at making certain that your experience is as good as you expect.

The ZAPATA area of Cuba is known for having extensive habitat for saltwater flats fish. Bonefish are the prevalent species here, and anglers will fish for them both from skiffs and while wading. Both Permit and resident Tarpon also love Zapata, as do Snook, Snapper, Jacks, and Cuda. Guests will share skiffs for part of their week, and fish solo the other part (3 days in a double skiff and 3 days in a single). Included are 6 full days of fishing, room and board on the yacht Georgiana (limited number of drinks provided), and round trip transportation from Havana. 



 Fishing guides, adventure travelers, and a Cuban family enjoy a pig roast at a local farm

Fishing guides, adventure travelers, and a Cuban family enjoy a pig roast at a local farm

Destination: Havana & The Zapata Peninsula


April 13-20, 2019 (6 Spots Available)

April 21-28, 2019 (Sold Out)

Group Host: Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel & Cuba Fishing Outfitters

Capacity: 6 Guests (although 8 can be accommodated)

Price: $4995 per person based on double occupancy and double fishing skiffs

 I am truly excited by this new combination cultural/fishing trip we have been offering to Cuba.  Our itinerary will include the best of both worlds. We spend three nights in Havana, and most every hour of the day is accounted for in making sure that we experience all that the city has to offer. Included are nights at a locally owned guesthouse in Old Havana, a cigar factory tour, classic car tour of Havana's different districts, a visit to a Cuban elementary school, and many more things. We will enjoy great music along the way, often at privately owned restaurants where we sample local Cuban cuisine. After Havana, we transfer south to the small beach side town of Playa Larga. We fish one day in a freshwater river, and three days on the saltwater flats. During this time, we interact with Cuban hosts at our quaint lodgings, visit sights in and around town after fishing, and eat at interesting local restaurants. The last evening, we typically have a pig roast with all of our hosts and fishing guides. 

In order to make this trip work, we have to have at least 6 customers signed up. I will accompany the group every step of the way while in Cuba, and of course beforehand in taking care of all necessary details. With my having made so many trips to Cuba,  I feel I can be of value in coordinating daily with our Cuban hosts, and in handling any challenges that arise.

The trip was a fantastic mix of learning and fishing. Making the rounds in Havana before heading out to the Zapata peninsula made the trip far more informative about the whole of Cuba than it might have otherwise been. Jon does a great job of hosting the trip and providing meaningful thoughts on how Cuba works (not to mention how best to cast into the wind from the bow of a skiff). The trip exceeded expectations and left me with a desire to do it again. I would recommend this trip for both experienced and amateur saltwater fly anglers, and can’t say enough about the experience of seeing Cuba as it is today. ” Geoff Wilson


All species of flats fish are available at JDR, but Tarpon dominate the excitement this time of year


Destination: Jardines de la Reina aboard the yacht Perola

Dates: June 1-8, 2019

Group Host: Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel

Capacity: 6 Anglers (Sold Out)

Price: $6950 per person double occupancy

Jardines de la Reina was the first area in Cuba opened up to fly anglers. Famous for this, it is also famous for being one of the best preserved marine habitats on the entire planet. Fiercely protected by the Cuban government and the fishing outfitter who holds the license for this area, only a limited number of anglers and divers are allowed here each year. Being 50 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, all accommodations are aboard boats. Our group will be on the smaller, comfortable yacht Perola.

Jardines has all flats fish. Bonefish are plentiful, and many Permit are landed here. Resident Tarpon live here all year long, but we reserved this week for a special occurance which happens only in the Cuban Spring and early Summer.....the arrival of migratory Tarpon. There are no better fish. Our group will fish 2 anglers per skiff, and will have opportunity at Tarpon of all sizes, although most are in the 40-60 pound category. These are perfect sized Tarpon. This is exciting, world class angling.

This trip includes 5 1/2 full days fishing at JRD, all food and accommodations aboard the Perola. Accommodations in Havana or Camaguey,  and transportation to and from Jardines are not included. Anglers should know that this trip does involve considerable travel, as the destination itself is so remote. Given the quality of the fishing and the accommodations, staff and food, we feel that this price is very reasonable.